We arrived in Nairobi with high expectations for Oldarpoi Mara camp, since we had read so many positive things about the camp on TripAdvisor. The camp turned out to be even better than we had imagined.
Friday morning Mr. Nelson picked us up at Nairobi airport and drove us up to Masai Mara. After about 5-6 hours we arrived at the Oldarpoi Mara camping were the crew served us a delicious dinner made by the chef Willy and the maid Frida, and served by Jeremiah. Saturday we went on safari all day. Mr. Nelson together with the Masai hunter Jackson at his side were the best to spot the animals. Over the weekend we saw all the big 5 (including eight lions, a leopard and two chitas) except rhinos, as there are (apparently) a small rhino population. We saw ostriches, many interesting birds, hippos and lots of elephants and giraffes. It is amazing how close we came, and Mr. Nelson set the car in such positions that one could take wonderful pictures. We had picnic on the savannah and ate a lovely lunch with various dishes. In the evening we were watching the sunset from the house Mr. Nelson is building up gradually from savings, this is to extend this safari offer.
Sunday we went for both morning and evening safari. It was absolutely fabulous since the atmosphere at the savanna is completely different compared to the day due to the beautiful light. Mr. Jackson took us to his Masai village, where we were welcomed by a dance. We were guided around the village and they had prepared a market for us. Good tips to bring some local money here. I bought this gorgeous masaii jewellery and ornaments. We left Monday morning after safari.
We slept in a very nice tent, with wide comfortable beds and a bathroom with toilet and hot shower extension. In the evenings we could hear howls from the hyenas, but we felt safe all the time because of the two masai warriors who guarded the area.
The most memorable is probably the dinners we shared with Mr. Nelson. Mr. Nelson is knowledgeable and reflected, and during the three dinners we had together we learned a lot about the Masai people, Kenya and Africa. He works hard to improve the living conditions for the Masai people, by initiating education. We had so much fun with Mr. Nelson, he has a wonderful sense of humor!
It's the small things that make this camp so outstanding. Mr. Nelson and his crew know what you want before you know it yourself. In addition, it was good to know that the safari brings resources back to the community.
We had high expectations before the trip and the were fulfilled several times! This will be be a memory for life!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Oldarpoi Mara camp, is operated in partnership with the local Maasai community. The camp is concerned with the welfare of the local community .Our vision is to transform the local community, socially and economically.We support the Ole keene primary school with teacher's salaries, children sponsorship programs etc.The school has more than 300 children and we built classrooms for them including a rescue center unit to accommodate young girls running away from cultural practices such Female Genital Mutilation ( FGM ) and early marriage.We also plan to establish a community library which will include a learning center and conservation projects.Guests who would like to volunteer in any of our projects as part of a unique safari experience are highly encouraged to do so..This will make a difference to the community.The camp has permanent tents with beds, bedding, complete solar Water heating and lighting system, flush toilets and hot showers - all the trappings of home! We are also an accomplished safaris outfitter with best trained Maasai guides! We offer safaris and tours to different destinations throughout East Africa. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Oldarpoi Maasai Safari Camp Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Oldarpoi Mara Camp Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve